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Siletz Bay Music Festival 2024 announcements

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According to a spokesperson from the Siletz Bay Music Festival “We will be expanding on its tradition of bringing world-class orchestral, jazz and chamber music to the Oregon Coast. This year’s Siletz Bay Music Festival will add new twists and new faces to its virtuoso-packed program with 11 concerts scheduled over 10-days, August 16-25, providing music enthusiasts with an unforgettable experience. Tickets are now on sale at the festival’s website (

Concerts will be staged at four venues in Lincoln City and one in Newport and, in line with the festival’s commitment to community service and involvement, two concerts will be offered free of charge. 

Mei-Ting Sun

New artistic director Mei-Ting Sun, who has participated as the festival’s star pianist since its inception in 2012, has embraced the vision of the festival’s late founder, Yaakov “Yaki” Bergman, in crafting a program that will feature new music from contemporary composers, beloved works with a fresh perspective and deep dives into diverse musical traditions.

Paquito D’Rivera
Asi Matathias

Highlights in this year’s program will include the Oregon Coast debut of multiple Grammy-winning Latin jazz superstar Paquito D’Rivera and the much-anticipated performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto by renowned violinist Asi Matathias.

Deanna Tham

Making her debut this year, Deanna Tham, associate conductor of the Oregon Symphony, will be leading the Siletz Bay Music Festival Orchestra. The popular Musical Tapas program will again be offered, featuring delectable treats for the ear and palate. 

Yaki Bergman

Yaki Bergman will be memorialized at two of this year’s festival events: the opening night program featuring a North American premiere of Mei-Ting Sun’s transcription of Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 to be performed with fellow pianist Michelle Chow, as well as two Beethoven piano sonatas. Also dedicated to Bergman will be the free concert on August 20 featuring Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” which was written and first performed at a World War II prison camp in Germany, where the composer had been confined. The other free concert, the August 24 family and children’s concert at Regatta Park, will feature the composition “Spirit Chief Names the Animal People,” by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (Chickasaw), a performance that honors Bergman’s interest and respect for native American history and culture.

Mei Ting Sun, who had a close relationship with the late Yaki Bergman, was a natural choice to succeed him in leading the festival. “Yaki Bergman was the glue holding the festival together,” said Sun. “It’s important to me to preserve Yaki’s vision, and to expand upon it with adventurous musical choices. Under his direction, the festival was a beacon for artists and music-lovers, drawing audiences to the beautiful Oregon Coast to hear great music in intimate settings. We plan to continue that tradition and broaden the audience’s musical horizons.”

Siletz Bay Music Festival is happy to offer incentives to encourage people to buy tickets early and often. Discount packages for multiple events are available as well as student ticket pricing for all concerts except Musical Tapas and the Benefit. To view the schedule and to purchase tickets, go to

The Siletz Bay Music Festival was founded to bring multi-genre world-class music performed by outstanding musicians to the area, reaching across race, culture, age, social and economic barriers and providing extraordinary music and educational experiences.

The festival is made possible in part by grants from the Roundhouse Foundation, Pacific Power Foundation, the Marie Lamfrom Foundation, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Lincoln County Cultural Commission – Sponenberg Memorial Trust, the Oregon Arts Commission and Ronni Lacroute through the Oregon Community Foundation. Sponsors include Lincoln City Gifts, Beachcrest Brewing Company, the Rosanne B. and W. Gregory Berton Fund, Edward Jones – Wendy C. Wilson, Financial Advisor, Classic Pianos – Portland, and Lincoln City Cultural Center. Community partners include Explore Lincoln City, Lincoln City Parks & Recreation, and Driftwood Public Library. Media sponsor is Oregon Coast Today.

Siletz Bay Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Tickets are now on sale at the festival’s website (

Don Williams
Don Williams
Don Williams serves as publisher and editor of The Lincoln City Homepage.


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